Key Quotes for 2019

Key Quotes for 2019

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Last update: Friday 18th October
 
Three out of 10 (30 per cent) crashes on motorways and major A-roads involving a drowsy driver result in at least one fatality or serious injury, according to new research. Only accidents featuring drugged drivers or drivers using a mobile phone are more likely to cause a death or serious injury, the AA Charitable Trust said.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 1st July 2019
 
UK MPs are more likely to suffer poor mental health than the public and those in other high income jobs, research suggests. Parliamentarians are more likely to say they are stressed, unable to sleep from worry, feel worthless or depressed, the survey found.
HealthThe Sentinel, 2nd July 2019
 
There are now 1.8m fewer adult smokers in England than seven years ago, data shows. New figures analysed by NHS Digital show 5.9m people smoked cigarettes in 2018 down from 7.7 million in 2011.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Sentinel, 3rd July 2019
 
A four-day working week could save businesses more than £100bn a year, a study suggests. Henley Business School said its research indicated that a shorter working week, on full pay, could lead to increased productivity and improve workers’ physical and mental health.
Work/EmploymentThe Sentinel, 08 July 2019
 
Air pollution could shorten a child’s life by up to seven months, a new study suggests. An eight-year old child born in 2011 may die between two to seven months early if exposed over their lifetime to projected future pollution concentrations, King’s College London researchers studying Birmingham have found.
HealthThe Sentinel, 08 July 2019
 
Experts have warned a “childhood crisis” is on the way as youngsters face unparalleled social pressures amid Government cuts to children’s services. A survey of 5,000 youngsters and adults carried out by leading charity Action for Children and YouGov found that two thirds of parents and grandparents felt childhoods were getting worse, and a third of children agreed.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel, 09 July 2019
 
Amazon’s Alexa is set to answer people’s health queries by searching the official NHS website. A new partnership with the NHS means Alexa will now give answers based on information from the health service website, which has been verified by health professionals.
HealthThe Sentinel, 10 July 2019
 
A failure to tackle climate change will bring great “social unrest” and increased pressure from immigration, Sir David Attenborough has warned a Parliament committee as part of its inquiry into international climate change targets.
EnvironmentThe Sentinel, 10 July 2019
 
Thousands of prisoners are being released without proper checks on what danger they pose to the public, a watchdog has suggested. Chief inspector of prisons Peter Clarke hit out at the “poor response” to the problem in his annual report.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel, 11 July 2019
 
Drinking less than one can of sugary drink or 100% fruit juice per day has been linked to an increased risk of cancer, research in France suggests. Experts reported that people consuming just under 200ml on average of a sugar-sweetened drink or fruit juice each day had an 18% increased risk of all types of cancer.
HealthThe Sentinel, 11 July 2019
 
A daily pill could offer an alternative life-extending treatment for men with advanced prostate cancer, new research suggests. Enzalutamide, which works by blocking the effect of testosterone on prostate cancer cells, is already available on the NHS for those no longer responding to hormone injections.
HealthThe Sentinel, 3 June 2019
 
Fewer people in the UK are donating money to charity, but people who do donate are giving larger amounts – the largest to religious causes, the latest UK Giving study has found. The annual report from the Charities Aid Foundation, published this week, is based on more than 12,000 responses to an online survey, and interviews conducted monthly over a year.
MoneyChurch Times, May 2019
 
Supervised tests of a potential autonomous car service built by a UK-based artificial intelligence firm have begun in two London boroughs. FiveAI has started testing five self-driving cars in Bromley and Croydon in its latest effort to roll out an autonomous, car-sharing service in London.
Odd FactsThe Sentinel, 2 April 2019
 
Last year was the worst year since records began for the number of children killed or injured in armed conflict, the United Nations has revealed: 12,000 children were maimed or killed in 20 different conflicts around the world.
Disasters/WarChurch Times, 16 August 2019
 
One person is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes every three minutes in England and Wales, new figures suggest. A total of 202,665 people received a diagnosis in the two countries in 2017, which is equivalent to 23 people every hour.
HealthThe Sentinel, 2 April 2019
 
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